Private sector partners discuss complex emergencies in Kenya

Connecting Business initiative Secretariat • 3 September 2018

Nairobi, 3 September 2018

HPPP and the SDG Partnership Platform, together with the Connecting Business initiative (CBi) and the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) co-hosted a workshop for participants to learn about private sector engagement in complex emergencies, exchange experiences and provide input for the development of a global Guidance Toolkit on collective private sector engagement in complex emergency contexts.

Participants acknowledged the important role of the private sector in supporting humanitarian action. For example, Arif Neky, Coordinator of the SDG Partnership Platform, noted that many Kenyan companies with technology-based, innovative products and services are uniquely positioned to offer expertise and highly trained human capital to humanitarian activities both within Kenya and beyond. Private sector networks such as HPPP can further enable such engagement by supporting companies in addressing some of the risks and opportunities in addressing complex emergencies. Steve Chege, Director of Corporate Affairs at SafariCom, agreed and highlighted that working with or through private sector networks benefits both the company and the community at large. In discussing additional support that HPPP could provide to companies, participants highlighted areas such as advocacy, information sharing, preparedness and business continuity.